A 101 guide for psychics and energy workers to build an authentic, equitable, and culturally sensitive healing practice, written by Afro-Indigenous intuitive, scholar, and healer Dr. Jennifer Lisa Vest.
Being an ethical psychic means being of service--and learning how to navigate the thorny issues and unique risks inherent to intuitive work. From knowing your boundaries and limitations--and respecting those of your clients--to resisting the temptation of the guru lifestyle, The Ethical Psychic offers 7 critical guiding principles for grounded, ethical practice. Intuitive, philosopher, and ethicist Dr. Jennifer Lisa Vest, PhD, explores why (and how) energy workers must be of service, authentic, and self-aware; learn from their mistakes; embody sensitivity to client needs; be humble; and listen to a higher source. With training in African American Hoodoo, Native American Sweatlodge, Jamaican Revivalism, Trinidadian Shango, Spiritualism, Reiki, Pranic Healing, and other traditions, Dr. Vest is uniquely positioned to address readers’ most common and pressing questions, like: How do I avoid crossing boundaries? What if I’m making things worse? What privacy considerations do I need to think about? How can I be financially ethical? How do I avoid appropriation? What do I need to know about working with spirits? A go-to-guide for any medium, spirit worker, psychic, or aspiring Reiki master, The Ethical Psychic helps readers become the grounded and effective healers they were born to be.
About the Author
JENNIFER LISA VEST is a scientist-philosopher-intuitive. She holds a PhD in Indigenous Philosophy from UC Berkeley, an MA in history from Howard, and BA in Physics from Hampshire College. Her first career was as a philosophy professor at Seattle University and the University of Central Florida. Spiritually, Vest is a medical intuitive, an Akashic Records reader, is certified as a Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique practitioner and a Master Reiki practitioner, and has been trained in the traditions of African American Hoodoo, Native American Sweatlodge, Jamaican Revivalism, Trinidadian Shango, and Spiritualism from community elders.
"...earnest practical advice makes this a boon for novice psychics." —Publishers Weekly
"A spiritual toolbox for the novice to professional that supports psychic development authentically and with respectful discernment in service of self and clients. I will tap into this wise guidance often. Ashe Aho Dr. Vest." —Michele Elizabeth Lee, healer, artist, educator, mother, and author of Working the Roots: Over 400 Years of Traditional African American Healing
"For far too long, the quest for knowledge related to spiritual practices has been fraught with imbalance of power, greed, and the desire by some to use the knowledge being sought to harm others. The challenges created for both the practitioner and for the recipient of the knowledge, when the practitioner is even slightly less attentive to the need for a high degree of ethics in their practice, can be devastating for both. This book is engaging, scholarly, accessible, and a must-read for anyone who works with others, regardless of the belief system, in the development of their spiritual gifts." —Sadé Heart of the Hawk (Mi’kmaq First Nation), Pipe Carrier, Iyalosha and Apetebi Ifa
"Dr. Vest’s combination of academic, cultural, and ancestral knowledge is unparalleled. This book captures powerful and needed perspectives that will result in the betterment of the lives of individuals, communities, and society as a whole." —Farzana Nayani, consultant, speaker, and author of Raising Multiracial Children